But First, a Little Nosh

A monk’s ever-faithful white horse died here, hence White Horse Pagoda. Dunhuang, on the Silk Road in Gansu.

We could go on with the JewBu thing all day. Probably we will. But first, kippot off to David M. Bader for his Zen Judaism: For You, A little Enlightenment, from which I reproduce:

Be here now. Be someplace else later. Is that so complicated?
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Tibetan plateau, Garze prefecture

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To know the Buddha is the highest attainment. Second highest is to go to the same doctor as the Buddha.

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To find the Buddha, look within. Deep inside you are ten thousand flowers. Each flower blossoms ten thousand times. Each blossom has ten thousand petals.
You might want to see a specialist.
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Gobi desert, pagoda near Jiayuguan.

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If you wish to know The Way, don’t ask for directions. Argue.
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Though only your skin, sinews, and bones remain, though your blood and flesh dry up and wither away, yet shall you meditate and not stir until you have attained full Enlightenment.
But first, a little nosh.
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Zen is an end in itself. Your only goal must be the goal of having no goals, of striving not to strive.
“How is it possible to strive to not have goals?” you might ask. “Isn’t that itself a goal?”
Don’t be a smart aleck. You should be as goal-less and lacking in purpose as your cousin, the successful one.
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Tibetan Hell’s Angels

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